• baby getting head measured
  • washing hands with soap and water
  • food safety inspection
  • mom kissing smiling baby
  • nurse taking blood pressure
  • three older ladies exercising
  • immunization in arm
  • various foods

Bates County Health Center

Bates County Health Center was opened as a demonstration unit on April 1, 1975. A vote of the citizens on August 3, 1976 approved a mill tax for the continuation of the local public health agency. Since its establishment, the Bates County Health Center has been dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of the county. Although services offered have changed over the years, we still strive to fulfill the mission of public health which is to Prevent, Promote, and Protect our citizens.


Health Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours include remaining open until 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.

Did You Know?

  • Cancer of the skin is by far the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths.
  • In 2019 an estimated 192,310 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. Of those, an estimated 7,230 people will die of melanoma (approximately 4,740 will be men and 2,490 will be women).
  • ABCD's of moles and Melanoma: *Asymmetry-one half of the mole doesn't match the other *Border-edges are irregular, ragged, notched or blurred *Color-color is not the same all over *Diameter-spot is larger than 1/4 inch across (the size of a pencil eraser).
  • Be alert to irregularities in shape, edges, color and size. See your healthcare provider if you have any concerns.

  Health Update

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